The Lutz Mommartz Film Archive is a collection of the film works of German film-maker Lutz Mommartz, considered to be one of the pioneers in the film genre known as the "other cinema". Mommartz was born in Erkelenz in 1934 and spent most of his life in Dusseldorf. He began making movies in 1967 and eventually became Professor of Film at the Kunstakademie Munster. He still lives and works in Germany, dividing his time between Dusseldorf and Berlin.
....... I saw "the stairs", which was not shown in Knokke, in the Creamcheese, a Beat restaurant in the Duesseldorfer old part of town, in which every now and then films by Mommartz are projected to the wall. The film shows a man with the camera at home: a man, who holds a current camera in the hand, which observes him with his domestic performing. From a grotesque perspective is to be seen: how the man with the camera descends stairs, light switch serves, times occasionally on the WC and then welcomes people on a party by shaking their hands with his free hand.
(Uwe Nettelbeck Filmkritik Febr. 68)
....... Lutz Mommartz brings in two films the camera in mention and forces the spectator to consider her activity: In "the stairs" it functions as the eye of the director - an often annoying eye -, because it must be carried with at least one hand; .....
( Enno Patalas Filmkritik Mai 68)
....... Mommartz, holding the camera with the hand, films himself with different everyday performing, from putting the hat on to the urinating, inbetween he runs extensively the stairs of its dwelling house up and down. Contrary to "self shots" not his face is filmed, but its feet, hands and articles.